A blog reader recently said they wanted to hear my thoughts on "the appeal of Oz to gay men," since I recently figured out I was one. I didn't think I had a real viewpoint, but now I think I have an idea.
Frankly, I don't think Oz specifically appeals to gay people. The Oz phenomenon has become so varied that there are things many people can love. There are some people not into Oz period, while some Oz fans are into film adaptations, musical versions, the original books, or other works. Some fans even like a smattering of each.
Trying to narrow down one thing about Oz and one thing about why it appeals to a certain type of people isn't doing many favors to Oz or the people you're looking at. Just as varied as the Oz phenomenon is, so are people, gay, straight or whatever else they are.
Oz fans like different things about Oz for different reasons, and people, regardless of their sexual orientation, have different tastes and mannerisms, not necessarily dictated by anything else about who they are.
Any of that make sense?
Okay, let's say the entire Oz phenomenon is like a big buffet restaurant like Golden Corral or Ryan's. Wide variety of things to choose from, and anyone can come in and get what they like.
Because people grasp the concept of food so well...